Bracketology Expert Jerry Palm takes a daily look at games he’ll be watching involving teams on the bubble to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. For more details on bubble teams, consult the Bubble Watch and then compare resumes of any two teams trying to make The Big Dance to see who has the edge.
LSU at Auburn,7 p.m. (ESPNU):One of LSU’s three bad losses came at home to Auburn. The Bayou Bengals are in reasonably good shape as long as they avoid more losses like this. Auburn is the last potential bad loss for LSU before the conference tournament.
Texas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2):The Longhorns get another crack at a top 50 team to try to improve that 1-10 record vs. that group. The one win? West Virginia in Austin back on Jan. 17. It’s getting to be desperation time for Texas.
North Carolina State at North Carolina , 8 p.m.:The Wolfpack sit at 16-11 and only two of those wins have come over likely tournament teams. They are big ones though, home vs. Duke and at Louisville. This would be a big one to add to the list. It’s their last chance to do so before the ACC tournament.
Boston College at Pittsburgh , 9 p.m. (ESPNU):Pitt is only 2-6 vs. the top 50 and has a couple of bad losses. What the Panthers really need is quality wins, especially away from home. That is not possible in their last four games, so the goal is to avoid damaging their chances further.
Texas A&M at Arkansas , 9 p.m. (ESPN) :The Aggies have a sweep of LSU, and that is their only wins over a likely tournament team. They don’t have a top 50 RPI win either, so this would be a big win for their tournament chances if they can get it.
New Mexico at Boise State ,11 p.m. (ESPNU): Boise State needs quality wins if they are going to get back to the NCAA tournament. That’s a problem for another day. Tonight, it’s about taking care of business at home against a team the Broncos should beat.
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